chinese Nanking SS (1913~1917) Empire Woodlark SS [+1946]
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general
nationality chinese
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1913
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 7985  grt
dimensions 129.2 x 16.7 x -- m
engine 2 triple expansion engines
power  
speed 16  knots
yard no. 135
IMO/Off. no. 211442
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
other reasons ammunition dump
date lost 02/11/1946  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
Newburgh Shipyards Inc., New York
next owners
[1]MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII), London
SS Empire Woodlark [+1946]
period 1942 ~ 1946
IMO/Off. no.: 168249
[2]Pacific Coast Steamship Co, San Francisco
SS Emma Alexander
period 1923 ~ 1942
IMO/Off. no.: 211442
[3]Pacific Coast Steamship Co, San Francisco
SS Congress
period 1913 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 211442
last owner
[4]China Mail Steamship Corp.
SS Nanking
period 1913 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 211442
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about the wreck
depth (m.) 800 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 14/11/2005
last update Allen Tony
last update 19/05/2014
 
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Empire Woodlark; 7.793 tons; 424x55 ft; Built in 1913 as the CONGRESS, for the Pacific Coast SS Co, Seattle, USA. In 1918 renamed NANKING, for China Mail SS Co, New York. In 1923 renamed EMMA ALEXANDER for the Pacific SS Co, Seattle. In 1942 renamed EMPIRE WOODLARK and requisioned by MOWT. In 1946 scuttled with cargo of chemical ammunition at 59°00N 07°40W.
Hughes Bob07/05/2014My father was a fourth engineer on the Empire Woodlark and he did talk about the ship,which for him was very unusual. The rule was "We dont talk about the war, in this house" He complained that the heads were just above the boilers and very hot. I remember him saying, that coming off one watch, he'd had a game of footie on deck. He also told me, that on watch, he felt an exposive bang in the engine room and thought the ship, "Had, had , the hammer" MN slang for being torpedoed.

He did say it was the troopship astern and she had a large contingent of Queen Alexander nurses. His ship also had some QA nurses on board and my father remarked that the scuppers in the morning, would be littered with condoms. He also complained, that every night in the cinema, they would screen, Charlie Chaplins, "The Goldrush". The ship, when she was the Emma Alexander, had been the ship, Charlie had gone to the Yukon on.
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